Olds wins first-ever La Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta

American Shelley Olds (Alé-Cipollini-Galassia) overcame a late-race puncture to win the inaugural La Mardrid Challenge by La Vuelta Sunday in a sprint finish ahead of Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle Honda) and Kirsten Wild (Hitec Products).

Olds, who joined Alé-Cipollini from Bigla Pro Cycling in July, jumped up the right-hand side of the road in the finale, coming off Wild’s slipstream and powering across the line to beat Bronzini by more than a bike length.

The race featured multiple cirucits of a 6km course in downtown Madrid, and despite numerous attempt to break up the pack with early attacks, the bunch came to the line mostly together after reeling in a final 13-rider breakaway inside 10km to go.

The peloton took the bell for the final lap together, and the inevitable bunch sprint was on, but Olds, who suffered a puncture as the race ratcheted up for the finish, had to fight her way back to the group with the help of a single teammate. Alé-Cipollini moved Olds into position near the front of the pack, and from there the diminutive American sprinter took over.

Hitec massed near the front to set up Wild, but Olds would not be denied, freelancing her way onto the Hitec sprinter’s wheel before launching her own winning move for the line.

Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Shelley Olds (USA) Ale Cipollini2:06:21
2Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle HondaRow 1 - Cell 2
3Kirsten Wild (Ned) Hitec ProductsRow 2 - Cell 2
4Roxane Fournier (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86Row 3 - Cell 2
5Lucy Garner (GBr) Team Liv-PlanturRow 4 - Cell 2
6Eugenia Bujak (Pol) BTC City LjubljanaRow 5 - Cell 2
7Elena Cecchini (Ita) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 6 - Cell 2
8Kelly Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - DuoRow 7 - Cell 2
9Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Ale CipolliniRow 8 - Cell 2
10Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Lointek TeamRow 9 - Cell 2
11Aurore Verhoeven (Fra) Lointek TeamRow 10 - Cell 2
12Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Hitec ProductsRow 11 - Cell 2
13Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Liv-PlanturRow 12 - Cell 2
14Lenore Pipes (Gum) Bepink LaclassicaRow 13 - Cell 2
15Séverine Eraud (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.860:00:40
16Daniela Reis (Por) PORRow 15 - Cell 2
17Ana Usabiaga Balerdi (Spa) ESPRow 16 - Cell 2
18Polona Batagelj (Slo) BTC City LjubljanaRow 17 - Cell 2
19Jessenia Meneses (Col) ITAU Shimano Ladies Power TeamRow 18 - Cell 2
20Ursa Pintar (Slo) BTC City LjubljanaRow 19 - Cell 2
21Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 20 - Cell 2
22Eugénie Duval (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86Row 21 - Cell 2
23Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Hitec ProductsRow 22 - Cell 2
24Olena Pavlukhina (Aze) BTC City LjubljanaRow 23 - Cell 2
25Rocio Del Alba Garcia Martinez (Spa) ESPRow 24 - Cell 2
26Eider Merino Kortazar (Spa) Lointek TeamRow 25 - Cell 2
27Anna Sanchis Chafer (Spa) Wiggle HondaRow 26 - Cell 2
28Andreina Rivera (Col) ITAU Shimano Ladies Power TeamRow 27 - Cell 2
29Cristina Martinez (Spa) Lointek TeamRow 28 - Cell 2
30Corinna Lechner (Ger) BTC City LjubljanaRow 29 - Cell 2
31Rocio Parrado Guarnizo (Col) ITAU Shimano Ladies Power TeamRow 30 - Cell 2
32Maria Del Mar Bonnin Palou (Spa) BZK Emakumeen BiraRow 31 - Cell 2
33Lierni Lekuona Etxebeste (Spa) Bizkaia - DurangoRow 32 - Cell 2
34Kseniya Tuhai (Blr) Bepink LaclassicaRow 33 - Cell 2
35Anna Ramirez Bauxel (Spa) Bizkaia - DurangoRow 34 - Cell 2
36María Calderón (Spa) ESPRow 35 - Cell 2
37Kelly Van Den Steen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - DuoRow 36 - Cell 2
38Amélie Rivat (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86Row 37 - Cell 2
39Carlee Taylor (Aus) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 38 - Cell 2
40Nel De Crits (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - DuoRow 39 - Cell 2
41Lourdes Oyarbide Jimenez (Spa) Bizkaia - DurangoRow 40 - Cell 2
42Willeke Knol (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur0:00:12
43Julia Soek (Ned) Team Liv-PlanturRow 42 - Cell 2
44Charlotte Bravard (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86Row 43 - Cell 2
45Greta Richioud (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86Row 44 - Cell 2
46Teresa Ripoll (Spa) ESPRow 45 - Cell 2
47Charlotte Becker (Ger) Hitec Products0:00:15
48Demmy Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo0:00:16
49Anisha Vekemans (Bel) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 48 - Cell 2
50Maria San Jose Tejerina (Spa) BZK Emakumeen BiraRow 49 - Cell 2
51Chantal Hoffmann (Lux) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 50 - Cell 2
52Evelyn Arys (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - DuoRow 51 - Cell 2
53Alba Teruel Ribes (Spa) Lointek Team0:00:22
54Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Bepink LaclassicaRow 53 - Cell 2
55Andreia Alves (Por) POR0:00:24
56Simona Bortolotti (Ita) Bepink LaclassicaRow 55 - Cell 2
57Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Ale Cipollini0:00:29
58Amy Roberts (GBr) Wiggle Honda0:00:30
59Beatrice Bartelloni (Ita) Ale CipolliniRow 58 - Cell 2
60Tone Hatteland Lima (Nor) Hitec Products0:00:34
61Coral Casado Ortiz (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango0:00:36
62Ainara El Busto Arteaga (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango0:00:45
63Ana Maria Covrig (Rom) Bepink LaclassicaRow 62 - Cell 2
64Alice Algisi (Ita) Ale CipolliniRow 63 - Cell 2
65Jessy Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - DuoRow 64 - Cell 2
66Dalia Muccioli (Ita) Ale CipolliniRow 65 - Cell 2
67Ilaria Bonomi (Ita) Bepink Laclassica0:00:47
68Molly Weaver (GBr) Team Liv-Plantur0:01:13
69Maria Fadiga (Arg) ITAU Shimano Ladies Power Team0:02:05
70Elisabet Escursell Valero (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango0:03:22
71Janicke Gunvaldsen (Nor) Hitec ProductsRow 70 - Cell 2
72Anja Rugelj (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana0:05:03
73Irene Usabiaga Balerdi (Spa) ESP0:06:11
DNFGloria Rodriguez Sanchez (Spa) BZK Emakumeen BiraRow 73 - Cell 2
DNFZiortza Isasi (Spa) BZK Emakumeen BiraRow 74 - Cell 2
DNFAiala Amesti Bustinzuriaga (Spa) BZK Emakumeen BiraRow 75 - Cell 2
DNFOlatz Agorria Etxebarria (Spa) BZK Emakumeen BiraRow 76 - Cell 2
DNFClaudia Häusler (Ger) Team Liv-PlanturRow 77 - Cell 2
DNFBelen Lopez Morales (Spa) Lointek TeamRow 78 - Cell 2
DNFLieselot Decroix (Bel) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 79 - Cell 2
DNFIrina Coelho (Por) PORRow 80 - Cell 2
DNFLiliana Jesus (Por) PORRow 81 - Cell 2
DNFMonica Ines Magro Santos (Por) PORRow 82 - Cell 2
DNFAna Sofia Silvestre (Por) PORRow 83 - Cell 2
DNFAnna Christian (GBr) Wiggle HondaRow 84 - Cell 2
DNFMayuko Hagiwara (Jpn) Wiggle HondaRow 85 - Cell 2
DNFAne Iriarte (Spa) ESPRow 86 - Cell 2

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